The US States Inching Ever Closer to Legalising I-Gaming
The logic behind the legalisation and regulation of i-gaming in the US remains compelling; whether pro-gaming forces can muster the coordination and effort to break through to new states in 2015 remains uncertain.
Legislative developments on the horizon
Recently, intense opposition to igaming by the influential and deep-pocketed Las Vegas Sands chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson has shifted the focus of igaming supporters; their concern is now to stop a bill that would undermine state legalisation efforts by banning all internet gaming, even if purely intrastate. Although there has been some discussion that Congress may authorise poker only - with an opt-in for states - the current expectation shared by many seems to be that Congress will pass no legislation, leaving action to the states.